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"Similarities and differences in public and private educatio

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Elias P.

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Classroom SIZE
The class size in public schools can be as large as 25-30 students (or more), while most private schools keep their class sizes at 15-20 students. There are even electives at some private schools with fewer students. Class size is one of the major differences between public and private schools
"Similarities and differences in public and private education"
Diverse student body
-Over 40% of Canadian children with intellectual disabilities in the public system are in special classes or segregated schools
Quality of education levels between the two systems:
Quality of Education
• Like private schools, some public schools offer specialized courses or programs—e.g., math and science, special needs, and the arts
• Both may have a wide range of resources and cutting-edge equipment
• Private school and public school administrators and educators all do their best to create the best learning environment possible
• Hiring criteria is high so that teachers are well educated and experienced so that they can deliver quality education
• Both over International Baccalaureate Diploma program is a pathway to enhanced post-secondary opportunities

Living arrangements/Lifestyle
Cost of school
Annual private school tuition can vary from about $6,000 a year to $30,000. In some provinces such as British Columbia and Alberta, private and independent schools receive provincial government funding. That’s not the case in Ontario
Academic Success Rates
Public Schools

Private Schools
25-30 Students

15-20 Students


• Greater one on one time with the students which has been proven to improve academic achievement

• Teachers can give students longer and more complicated assignments, as the teachers don’t have as many papers to grade (students at many academically challenging private schools write 10-15 page papers as juniors and seniors)

• No student gets left behind

Annual boarding fees
, on top of the tuition, it can range from $15,000 to $30,000

Extra costs
: registration, endowment and alumni fee, deposit, technology or book fee, International Baccalaureate fee, local and international trips, sports tournament travel, school uniforms, athletic clothing, transportation costs
University of Toronto $21,915 per year Average Class Size: 25 = $131,490. For 6 years of education.

St Michael $17,950 to $18,550 per year= $111,300 for 6 years

Willow wood $17,700 to $19,000 per year= $177, 000 for 10 years elementary

76, 000 4 years =$253, 000 for the entire stay at Willowwood school

Appleby college $17,700 to $19,000 per year= $114,000 for 6 years

Private schools:

Upper Canada College accepts application up to December for September admission.

There are application fees

Lengthy process, the larger the school the longer it takes.

Some have a waiting list to get in.

Public schools:

You are granted education based on your geographical location.
Private School sector is producing a better educated and a more responsible pupil.
Is this due to household income
Is it because statistically speaking Private school students come from a more affluent home with better educated parents?
With Private Schools costing anywhere from
$10000-$100000 per student, per year
it is only attainable by the upper middle class to upper class Canadians. The people generally associated with the higher salary bracket are also from a post-secondary education.
If your child isn’t encouraged and properly pushed to achieve better for themselves how can we expect them to desire the post-secondary experience and potential for future prosperity?
Private Schools Differences
• Private schools are internationally recognized and respected by university admissions
• Private schools often have a good reputation in global higher education institutions, with many schools boasting a one-hundred percent rate of students attending their first choice university.
• Dedicated and well-trained teachers, many with advanced degrees.
• Higher graduation rate compared to public schools
• Better funded and have state of the art facilities and classrooms
• Move money to invest in textbooks, technology and other resources which leads to a higher level of education
• Higher level of achievement put forth by students
• Focus more on academics and liberal arts studies as opposed to technology and trades courses
• Better academic support due to smaller class sizes
Public School Differences
• Public schools may have more bureaucracy, leading to less innovation in program offering, less positive change at the institutional level, and decreased parental influence on a child’s educational progress and disciplinary measures
• Focus on technological education and trades courses which offer different pathways beyond post-secondary education such as apprenticeship
• Less funding at certain schools varies on region and board which can mean a lesser quality for students to experience
• Lack of investment means older textbooks and other resources
• Lower graduation rate
• Low grades can still graduate, less emphasis on doing well but just getting by
• Frequently overcrowded schools and classrooms in public schools may decrease a student’s chance of getting extra attention and academic support as needed
• Alternative schools do exist which focus on self-directed learning; helps with differentiated learning and can be very productive environments and won’t develop a hate for school

Graduation Rates

Differences: The rate of public school students entering college after graduation has fluctuated between 62-67% in recent years. A variety of factors come into play which result in that relatively low matriculation rate. The drop out rate in public schools tends to have a negative effect on matriculation data.

In private schools the matriculation rate is typically in the 90-95% range. Minority students who attend a private high school are more likely to attend college than minority students who attend public school according to NCES data. The reason why most private high schools do well in this area is that they are generally selective. They will only accept students who can do the work.

It has also been brought to my attention that private school boards can become or are corrupt. When I say corrupt I mean that if a student isn’t doing well the parent will bribe that teacher or school by giving them a generous “donation”. OR the parent will threaten to take the student out of school which means lose of tuition but also future “donations”.
What do you think about when someone says success rates? How do you gauge success out of high school? A lot of people would think success would be gauged on who went on from high-school to either college or university. If going to post-secondary right out of high school is successful then what about all the people that don’t go to post-secondary all together? How many people in this class never went to college or university after high school? Do you think of yourself as unsuccessful? What about all the people that went on to be a plumber, electrician or any other trade? Most trades people will make more money than a “successful” person with a college diploma or a university degree. And based by these statistics all of us or trades people are declared unsuccessful.

-There are many people who argue that children need to be educated in heterogeneous classrooms where the diversity of students is welcomed, celebrated and nurtured.
-Research clearly shows that children with disabilities educated in regular classes in primary and secondary school are much more likely to go on to higher education, employment, higher incomes,
and more community participation in their adult lives, than
children educated in segregated settings.
What can diversity mean?
-Religious Diversity
-Racial Diversity
-Diversity of students with disabilities
-Qualifications of both students and Teachers

And the list can go on...
When parents choose a private school, they often do so based on their desire to give their children a specific peer group, whether that is based on discipline, cultural or religious background, or philosophical beliefs.

In most private schools, students are excluded or expelled if they do not adhere to the school's policies or standards.

Students in private schools are believed to be exclusive to the White and wealthy elitists.

-Private schools now host more diverse student populations, including increasing numbers of students from overseas.

-Many now have well-funded bursary and scholarship programs to assist families with more moderate incomes.
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-The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) day schools in 2010-2011 consisted of 74 per cent European-American students, while boarding schools for the same period consisted of 62 per cent European-American students. Canadian independent schools do not collect data on the diversity of their student populations
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